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Choosing To Go Her Own Direction

2 Nov
THe SUn and the Moon

“The Sun and the Moon”,  2005, oil on canvas on wood, 9’9”x8’11”x2” by Elizabeth Murray

The first time I heard of Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) was when Kathryn Bilharz-Gabriel  mentioned her 2018 Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency  over the summer.  A few weeks later, PBS aired the documentary film “Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray” American Masters.  Murray was known for her use of shaped canvases and bold colorful abstracts.  She rejected the minimalism of the time, choosing to go her own direction.

I found her story encouraging for women and also in that she was still painting and pushing herself artistically until her death.  She was one of only five female artists to have a retrospective at the MoMA and she was very dedicated to her work.

I find her work fabulously noisy, eccentric, strange and successful.  Her art has images exploding with zany energy and color.  They have a sort of music to them.  There is something unique about Murray’s art that just works.  I look forward to seeing her work in person the next time I am able to visit NYC.

If you’d like to read more about Elizabeth Murray, here are some links:

https://elizabethmurrayart.org/biography/

https://art21.org/artist/elizabeth-murray/

https://www.moma.org/artists/4185

https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/318/elizabeth-murray

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Transforming Reality

23 Mar
Confetti Mountain

“Confetti Mountain” Watercolor by Katie Turner

In allowing greater creativity to unfold in my paintings, I’ve worked hard to eliminate and simplify.  Without losing too many of my white areas, I built an abstract foundation with delicate calligraphic accents to evoke an illusion of reality.  Most of the time I like to use larger brushes because they force me to stay loose.  The reality of the scene in front of me may include many excellent details but the simplification and editing can help me to transform it into more of a feeling.  Transforming reality is my key to freedom.  ~ Katie

Inspired Mandalas

31 Oct
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Simple Shapes to Inspire Mandala Drawing

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Mandala Drawing

Mandala Fruit with logo

Fruit Inspired Mandals Drawing, Ink & Watercolor

Mandala flower with logo

Mandala Drawing using stencils

Mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit.  It signifies wholeness and usually begins with a central point with patterns that radiate outward.  Louise Gale (Mandala For the Inspired Artist by Walter Foster Publishing) explains that we are “to think of a mandala as a sacred space.”

Mandalas can occur in nature and are seen in flowers, the moon, the sun, and more.  Although Mandalas are specifically associated with Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan artwork the geometric patterns can be seen in other cultures.  Often you will see them on buildings, in various art forms, and in religious text and religious items around the world.

I photographed some fruit I had in my home.  The kiwi, clementine and tomato were sliced in half and have some very interesting shapes within.  They gave me a creative starting point for my drawings.  I found the process very relaxing, giving me time to reflect on the intricate beauty of simple things.  Take a look around your home or office and see if you can find simple items to inspire your own Mandala drawing.

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September Reception

5 Sep
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 Rocky Shore on the St. Lawrence      16″x20″    Watercolor  on paper  by Katie Turner

 

The Central New York Art Guild has a show at the Baldwinsville Library for the month of September 2017.  There are many paintings and sculpture pieces from the CNY Art Guild members on view.   The painting pictured above is one of the several watercolors I have on display.  I was inspired by the rough rocks along the shore of the St. Lawrence river and the delicate flowers that grow in such a challenging location.

The reception will be Monday, September 11, 2017   Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm with light refreshments.

Watercolor Show Reception

23 Aug
First Harvest

“First Harvest” Watercolor on Yupo by Katie Turner 16″x20″

The Central New York Watercolor Society has its second Signature Show of 2017 at the Kirkland Art Center Gallery.  The Show reception is this Sunday, August 27th from 3:00-5:00 for those who are located in Central New York area.  It’s a lovely area to visit, with delightful coffee and cheese shop and boutiques.

The Exhibition runs until September 22nd, 2017.  The Kirkland Art Gallery hours: 9-4:30 Tuesday-Friday and by appointment.  Click here for more information on KAC: KAC Link

The CNYWS show will exhibit 41 pieces of watercolor and I’ve posted one of my watercolors that will be on display at the Show.  A second piece titled “Wisteria” will also be on display.  Hope to see you there.

Katie

Lakeside Statewide Art Reception

14 Mar

deep red floral blooms on burnt umber stalks

For those who are local to Central New York, please join me on Saturday, March 18th from 6-8 p.m. for the Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Show Reception.  Information below.

March 18-April 23, 2017

The Lakeside Statewide Juried Exhibit by the Art Association of Oswego will be open March 18-April 23, 2017.  Reception will be Saturday, March 18th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Oswego Civic Arts Center, East Fourth Street (in the former Fort Ontario Quartermaster’s Building, directly across from historic Fort Ontario).  For more information, go to www.oswegoarts.org

Playing for Increased Creativity

27 Jan
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Wild Horses carved stamp by Katie Turner

Over the month of December 2016 I participated in Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s #CarveDecember challenge.   At first I wasn’t sure I would be able to carve that many stamps because December is incredibly busy for me but I managed to find the time.  The commitment to this Instagram challenge helped me step out of my comfort zone.  It was playtime!

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Carved rubber stamp Chair by Katie Turner

I’ve read that playing with other mediums can do lots to enhance creativity, but how does it work?  Play can feel like permission to make anything – including making a mess.  It’s a way to say “hey, it’s ok to fail”.  It allows the mind to daydream and be frivolous.

Brian Sutton-Smith wrote the book “The Ambiguity of Play” which outlines the importance of play and Stuart Brown wrote “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” which outlines detailed studies of people as well.

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Vintage Square carved by Katie Turner

Doing the #CarveDecember challenge was fun and refreshing and gave me new ideas to work on this season.  If you like to challenge yourself and grow creatively, there are many places on the internet to participate.  The www.artistsnetwork.com is only one of them with their Studio Saturday Art Challenges.  You can also find challenges across the various social media – Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.  Why not try one out this month?

(If you want to follow my posts on Instagram its under katieturnerart)

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Carved Cowboy Hat Rubber Stamp by Katie Turner

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Carved Heart Rubber Stamp by Katie Turner